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What do you think of Reddit's decision to ban skeptics from its science forum?

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Answer #1 | 21/12 2013 07:20
No skeptics were banned, your own link states so too. Only deniers were. There's a fundamental difference And the reason that deniers were banned is obvious: they do not want a serious debate and instead continuously re-post myths, distort the facts (ie., changing 'deniers' to 'skeptics') and more often than not turn the whole discussion in no time into a political debate in which people with another opinion are labelled as Communists or, worse, Fascists while the scientific issues are totally ignored.
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Answer #2 | 21/12 2013 08:37
You are incorrect. Reddit has not banned skeptics from its science forum. It is a SCIENCE forum so they have banned "skeptics" that cannot back up their statements through the use of SCIENCE. From your Huffington Post link: "Given that our users are mainly academics (and all are nerds), the discussion generally resembles any scientific debate. That is, there are always numerous links to peer-reviewed science to support positions, people don't deliberately mislead or misrepresent content, and there is a basic level of respect shared regardless of position. When a user strays from such decorum, they are kindly warned and, if necessary, the comment is removed." - In other words, the denial industry's marionettes have to go someplace else to spout their lies, misconceptions, misleading information and their general non science based nonsense. There is still reason for the denial industry's marionettes to rejoice. Yahoo's Q/A section on "Global Warming" has no such standards for posting. You are free to continue to make a fool of yourself through your 18th century understanding of 21st century science. Party on!
Positive: 66 %
Answer #3 | 21/12 2013 10:39
about time. It's a science forum, not a fantasy or political one.
Positive: 46 %
Answer #4 | 21/12 2013 11:28
"non-falsifiable"?? Theory: Rising CO2 levels cause warmer temperatures. Fact: CO2 levels are steadily rising. Fact: Temperatures are falling. Conclusion: Theory is false. Reductio ad absurdum. So, Gary. CO2 does not ALWAYS cause warmer temperatures? What does it cause when it is not causing warmer temperatures--cooler temperatures or does it have no effect at all?
Positive: 14 %
Answer #5 | 21/12 2013 17:22
@Piltdown Mann, the extra heat is hiding at the bottom of the ocean. Try to keep up.
Positive: 10 %
Answer #6 | 21/12 2013 17:51
A person can only explain so many times why an idea is not true- eventually to keep the page reasonable some have to be blocked. When I went on and on for hours repeating some nonsense as a kid my mother would finally have enough of it and slap me silly. Unfortunately we can't do the same for people on web sites so the next best thing is to block them.
Positive: 10 %
Answer #7 | 21/12 2013 20:12
Any conclusion that cannot be questioned is, by definition, dogma (religion), and not science. Thus, theirs is not a 'science' forum; it is something else. A liturgy, perhaps; or lysenkoism, or propaganda; but not science.
Positive: 10 %

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